South Jersey Baseball:
Wednesday, May 26, 2004
By Chuck Betson
The Atlantic City Surf knocked off the Somerset Patriots Wednesday night at The Sandcastle, 8-3. The Surf jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the first and never looked back on their way to their win in front of 2,025 fans.
Surf right fielder Ozzie Timmons started the Surf out by collecting four RBI in the first three innings while going two for four and scoring two runs. Second baseman Raul Marval collect three of the Surf’s sixteen hits on the night while driving in two and scoring two runs. Every Surf starter had at least one hit while six players collected multiple hit games.
Somerset’s right fielder Ryan Radmanovich went two for four and centerfielder Chris Wakeland had a double with two runs scored. Jason Jensen recorded the loss, his third of the year, lasting only three innings while giving up ten hits and five runs, four earned and striking out three and walking two.
Surf starter Andy Zwirchitz picked up his first win, allowing only one run over six innings. He struck out four and gave up five hits and walked three. The bullpen gave up two runs in the final three innings to preserve the Surf win.
“The pitchers pitched well,” said Surf manager Jeff Ball. “When you score runs early, the pitchers are more relaxed and had good command.” The win lifted the Surf’s record to 8-8 and dropped the Patriots to 8-9.
The two teams meet again tomorrow for the rubber match at the Sandcastle. Game time is 11:05 AM. The early start is due to School Special Day. Starting for the Surf will be Andy High and Somerset will counter with Blake Williams on the mound.
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